Dossier: Turkish Cinema

Emrah Serbes. Photo: Iletisim Yayinlari

Portrait of the Turkish writer Emrah Serbes

"Politics is made on the street by the people"

The young author Emrah Serbes is regarded as the "enfant terrible" of Turkish literature. Not only is he one of the most popular authors in Turkey: since the protests in Gezi Park last summer and his active participation in the resistance, many now seen him as the "writer and voice of the people". Ceyda Nurtsch met him at a reading in BerlinMore

Scene from "Ummah" (© Senator Films)

The Film "Ummah – Among Friends"

My Neighbours, the Muslims

With his first feature film, "Ummah – unter Freunden," the German-Turkish film director Cüneyt Kaya deliberately confronts viewers with a world that stands in sharp contrast to prevalent prejudices. The film, set in the Berlin problem district of Neukölln, can be taken as an invitation to get to know the Muslim community. By Anke SterneborgMore

Promotional material from the Turkish television series 'Muhteşem Yüzyil' (photo: imago/Seskim Photo)

Turkish Television Series: Muhteşem Yüzyil

Too Much Sex, Too Little Heroism

Millions of viewers in Turkey are hooked on a television series about the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent. Prime Minister Erdogan, on the other hand, wants the series taken off air. Jürgen Gottschlich reports from IstanbulMore